Sculpture like the cows in West’s Centre and that in Liberation Square could become a more common sight around the Island if the new Percentage for Art scheme meets public approval.
The idea is being launched for discussion by Environment Minister Freddie Cohen today.
It would mean the introduction of additional planning guidance intended to encourage developers to allocate up to one per cent of the costs of some new buildings, refurbishment or landscaping works towards public art.
Senator Cohen said: ‘A Percentage for Art policy was included in the 2002 Island Plan, and was supported in the Culture Strategy approved by the States last October.
Public art has an important role in expressing Jersey’s identity, celebrating its cultural traditions and improving the quality of the Island’s built environment.
‘The recent temporary and permanent artworks in Charing Cross and York Street are good examples of this and have proved to be a great success.
The regeneration of the town and the development of the St Helier waterfront present great opportunities for public art and this guidance is important in making this happen.’